The Skylight Inn, Ayden, North Carolina

I wanted to end the trip — my three day Tour de Barbecue — with some especially great barbecue for my last barbecue meal before going on to the beach and shifting my culinary gears to judging the 2020 World Shrimpburger Competition (See the winner here.)    Naturally I went to the Skylight Inn. I’ve blogged about the Skylight Inn a couple of times (see … Continue reading The Skylight Inn, Ayden, North Carolina

Grady’s BBQ, Near Dudley, North Carolina

After my memorable lunch at Southern Smoke in Garland, I started meandering north, again wondering where to eat next.  I’d about run out of True ‘Cue places within reach that I hadn’t tried, so I decided to go see if Wilber’s was open, or at least if someone was there with whom I could talk and get some inside information.  (Note — it has since … Continue reading Grady’s BBQ, Near Dudley, North Carolina

The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: The Captain’s Kitchen, Indian Beach and Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Three-Peats!

NEWS FLASH!  The Captain’s Kitchen has won the World’s Best Shrimpburger  Competition, the Super Bowl for shrimpburgers, for the third year in a row. The Captain’s Kitchen is a food truck that alternates between the two above locations.  The victory is no surprise, but the three-peat is historic. (Having interrupted my 3 1/2 day barbecue-eating trip for a Special Bulletin review of the newly reopened … Continue reading The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: The Captain’s Kitchen, Indian Beach and Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Three-Peats!

ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque, Richmond, Virginia

Friends, hop in your car right this minute and drive to Richmond while a passenger reads this exciting episode to you.  ZZQ definitely is a Top Place. After my delightful if ill-timed visit to SMoHK, I drove around a little to get ready to check out ZZQ.  I like to wait at least a half hour between meals.  Actually, I’d already stopped at ZZQ to verify … Continue reading ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque, Richmond, Virginia

Wilber’s is Open!

Drop everything!  Wilber’s is back!  Hop in your car and head to Goldsboro!  They’re opening with a limited menu and curbside service only, but the limited menu includes barbecue and hushpuppies and chicken.   Who cares about the rest?  The promise of my hope-filled Saturday drive-by has been realized. You can call your order in at 919-778-5218, or give your order to a parking attendant. … Continue reading Wilber’s is Open!

Wilber’s, Goldsboro, North Carolina: The Re-Opening Menu is Here!

Many thanks to my good friend Dan Kenney, the genius behind the Coach4aday blog, the host of the Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking, our Senior Carolina Correspondent, and the Master of the Deep Fried Turkey.  Dan sent this good news from North Carolina.  The much-anticipated — I should say much yearned-for reopening of Wilber’s is very close.  The pit has been rebuilt, and they have set … Continue reading Wilber’s, Goldsboro, North Carolina: The Re-Opening Menu is Here!

The Best Quarantine Dining: 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

UPDATE:  Their new place is open at 4700 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale Park.  Try it! What a great place to get barbecue!  I first went to 2fifty Texas as part of my duties with the Campaign for Real Barbecue to find places in the region that cook barbecue exclusively with wood or coals: no gas or electrical heat allowed.  As part of my duties, I ate … Continue reading The Best Quarantine Dining: 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

Cod and Capers Seafood Marketplace and Cafe, North Palm Beach, Florida

As the name indicates, Cod and Capers is at once a fish market and a seafood restaurant. I love that combination.  There are some combination places on the Gulf Coast and in Southern California, and I’ve posted reviews of Big Water Seafood in Siesta Key and Le Bee Fish in Marco Island, both on the Florida West Coast.  At Cod and Capers, the fish market is … Continue reading Cod and Capers Seafood Marketplace and Cafe, North Palm Beach, Florida

Back to Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill, Juno Beach, Florida

After our disappointing meal at Frigate’s, we turned to an old friend.  Many of you will remember that Nancy and I went to Captain Charlie’s with our friends, Joyce Deroy and Willie King back in November, before the Florida season was in full swing.  We were able to saunter right in and get a table for four. Nancy and I went back in February.  We … Continue reading Back to Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill, Juno Beach, Florida

Mark Your Calendars!

Start making travel arrangements! Ramey’s Bar B Que re-opens on March 5!  (They close every year in cold weather because it complicates the cooking.)  Ramey’s is a great whole hog barbecue place, a Top Place by any standard.  And Ramey’s is within easy driving distance of Memphis and Nashville, so I’ll be looking for excuses to go to Memphis or Nashville or Alabama or Kentucky or … Continue reading Mark Your Calendars!